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Could the Tigers make a play for Stephen Drew?

Mar 15, 2014, 2:10 PM EDT

The Mets and Red Sox have been mentioned most often as possible landing spots for free agent shortstop Stephen Drew, but as these situations often go, he might end up in an unexpected place. Peter Gammons brought up an interesting possibility earlier today:

Jose Iglesias is expected to begin the season on the disabled list due to shin splints, so Drew could fill in at shortstop for now. Once Iglesias returns, the Tigers could potentially play Drew at third base and move Alex Castellanos back out to left field as part of a platoon with Rajai Davis while Andy Dirks rehabs from back surgery. I could see it if Igelsias’ injury was really serious, but otherwise, probably not. It’s an interesting scenario to ponder at the very least.

This wouldn’t be the first time that an injury resulted in a Scott Boras client landing with the Tigers. After Victor Martinez suffered a torn ACL in January of 2012, the Tigers gave Prince Fielder a nine-year, $214 million contract. Stay tuned.

  1. gbrim - Mar 15, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    Really worth giving up a draft pick???

  2. Jack Marshall - Mar 15, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    It’s a lousy theory. Drew wants a long term deal to play shortstop, and seems willing to sit out until June if that’s what it takes. He nearly lost his job to Iglesias once already—why would he set himself up to do that again in Detroit? And his bat isn’t nearly good enough for third. The move makes no sense for Drew OR Detroit.

    I love Peter, but sometimes I wonder what he’s smoking…

    • tfbuckfutter - Mar 15, 2014 at 2:56 PM

      I would suggest his bat is better than Alex Castellanos

      • Kevin S. - Mar 15, 2014 at 3:48 PM

        More pertinently, is it better than Nick Castellanos’?

      • tfbuckfutter - Mar 15, 2014 at 4:03 PM

        Not a Tigers fan so I took the articles word for it.

    • chill1184 - Mar 15, 2014 at 6:53 PM

      Long term deal? Last time I checked he wanted an opt-out after 1 year, has that changed?

  3. blabidibla - Mar 15, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    A short (1-2) deal with the Tigers could enhance Drew’s FA value as he’ll likely be on another contender.

    The Tiger’s window with Miggy is getting shorter by the day. They need to contend this year. Could very well be worth the draft pick, even for a short stay.

  4. christophernovak5789 - Mar 15, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    When did the Tigers acquire Alex Castellanos?

  5. mikedouevenlift - Mar 15, 2014 at 3:11 PM

    Alex Castellanos is playing 3rd for the Tigers instead of RF for the Padres!? When did that happen? Maybe the Tigers should address that problem along with SS!!? smh.

  6. uyf1950 - Mar 15, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    Just food for thought. Signing Drew would put the Tigers right up against MLB’s luxury tax threshold for the 2014 season assuming Drew were to sign for something in the neighborhood of $10 to $14MM for one season or on an AAV for a multi-year deal.

    Is Drew really worth that plus giving up a drafty pick for, assuming Iglesias isn’t out for a prolonged period of time.

  7. xjokerz - Mar 15, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    Alex Castellanos has been in the Tigers system for a while…he started at 3B…this was before we signed Fielder that kept Miggy at 3B…while having Fielder Casty began to play left field in AAA to make the jump quicker to the majors…. Castellanos is a top 10 prospect coming into the year, i wouldnt be surprised to see him hit .270/.350 with 15homeruns. Kids got skill.

    also, address SS how so? why do you think we traded for Igelsias last year….?…

    • uyf1950 - Mar 15, 2014 at 4:32 PM

      My friend I’m not very familiar with the Tigers farm system so please help me to understand this comment of yours “Alex Castellanos has been in the Tigers system for a while..”
      Because when I check baseball reference for Alex Castellanos the only one I see was never in the Tigers organization. Now there is a Nick Castellanos in the Tigers organization could it be you have the players confused.?

      • xjokerz - Mar 15, 2014 at 4:36 PM

        idk why i thought Alex, i meant Nick..lol.

  8. pwshrugged - Mar 15, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    This theory makes no sense unless Iglesias is facing a season-threatening injury, as… I think it’s CBSSports is reporting. It certainly makes no sense to move Castellanos (Nick, not Alex) to LF in a platoon, given that his natural position is 3B, and he only started playing LF last season in the minors because of the Fielder/Cabrera situation.

    While I agree that losing a pick to obtain Drew would sting, if we’re facing the long-term absence of Iglesias, well, there’s no in-house candidate to replace him long-term. That’s too big of a hole to patch with spare parts. A year of Stephen Drew would be the logical solution, draft pick compensation or not.

    • pwshrugged - Mar 15, 2014 at 6:15 PM

      Sorry, Bowden from ESPN is the one reporting that Iglesias might miss “most” of the season, not CBS.

  9. vercab14 - Mar 15, 2014 at 8:34 PM

    The tigers are probably just goin for a worst case scenario woth iglesias and drew… if their going after drew they must know something is up. They went and got rajal davis to play outfield so that makes the outfield hunter jackson davis and dirks when he comes back and they have cabbie kinsler castellanos iglesias and avila so drew may fit in somewhere he would add a little more speed to the lineup too

  10. toledotigerfan - Mar 16, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    I’d take him, but I wouldn’t give him more than a two-year contract.

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